Thank you for contacting me about Israel, trade with West Bank settlements and the US proposals for a peace deal.
Trade with Israeli Settlements
The UK Government’s position on Israeli settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law and damaging to renewed efforts to launch peace negotiations. That being said, the UK, along with a number of other European countries opposed the creation of the UN’s business and human rights database. The UK Government neither encourages nor offers support to individuals or companies who operate in settlements in the Disputed Territories.
US Middle East Peace Plan
I welcome any initiative that gets both sides around the negotiating table. The absence of dialogue creates a vacuum that only fuels instability and leads to the drifting of the two sides further and further apart. I would encourage both sides to give the US plan genuine and fair consideration to understand whether it might prove a useful first step on the road back to negotiations.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP